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A Chat With Andy Griffiths (courtesy Shearer’s Bookshop)

THURSDAY, 12 APRIL 2012 Just Doomed is the Andy Griffiths? and Terry Denton?s eighth book in the Just series. Griffith?s? books have sold over 3 million copies worldwide, have featured on the New York Times bestseller lists, and have won over 30 A… Continue reading

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Interferon Psalms: Luke Davies

Interferon Psalms: 33 psalms on the 99 names of God is the complete title of Luke Davies latest work of poetry and from this alone, we know we need to prepare to undertake the journey Davies has prepared for us. Pulling from the Psalms, songs of p… Continue reading

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My Reading Picks for 2011 and the Australian Women Writers Challenge

I am a month in at Shearer’s Bookshop in Norton Street, Sydney and it has been quite a lot of fun so far. The staff are all lovely, Barbara has been terrific and the customers have been interesting and aplenty. Christmas shopping is heating up and… Continue reading

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Sydney…

is torrential downpours and flooded gutters that build to flowing creeks under waterlogged cars in minutes. Sydney is sea-green and gun-metal-grey skies clashing into each other in sheets of shockingly white lightning. Sydney is kurrawongs and mag… Continue reading

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Fear in Kabul

I came across this terrific Letter From Kabul by Fotini Christia the other day. She writes about Afghans fears for themselves and their country when the US troops withdraw. Of what state the country will be in economically, politically and sociall… Continue reading

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Anger

I should be out jogging right now – I’m even dressed for it – but no, here I sit, eating chocolate, drinking tea and blogging…which I haven’t done in quite awhile. The blogging, I mean. I find it an interesting thing, the blogging thing. I have … Continue reading

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Foster Wallace, Anon and the End

I’ve just spent an hour or so on Twitter and I realised that what I love about this tool, this wise-cracking, mind-expanding, consciousness-raising, pleasure-loving ‘tool’, is that I can follow threads of information, mere snippy snippets of compr… Continue reading

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Portia, Patti and Proulx

I’ve been reading some memoir, partly because I think I should read more of them than I do, and partly because these three, Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain by Portia de Rossi, Just Kids by Patti Smith and Bird Cloud: A Memoir by Ann… Continue reading

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The Teaching of Amy Hempel

I’ve started teaching this semester at RMIT in the Creative Writing program and apart from it being fun (discussion is always fun) and scary (all those eager faces expecting to hear new things) and a little bit weird (who am I to say anything abou… Continue reading

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Inspiration and Dogs

I am a devotee of Cormac McCarthy. There is something I find deeply moving and expansive in all his writing. There is always landscape and men battling to save themselves (or weakly succumb) to the evil that faces them and, usually chases them. Od… Continue reading

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